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Hans Erni 1909-2015 important Swiss artist signed lithograph of zebras

Hans Erni 1909-2015 important Swiss artist signed lithograph of zebras

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Lithograph on paper, the image visually striking, of three zebras with their stripes, the sheet 18" by 22" (24 1/2" by 33" framed in quality black wood frame with linen liner and inner fillet), signed lower right and numbered 44/200 at lower left by the important Swiss modern artist HANS ERNI (1909-2015). The artist, deceased in 2015 at the impressive age of 106, had a long and distinguished career as painter, sculptor, and designer. According to Wikipedia information widely disseminated online, Erni, has been described as "one of the most important living artists of our time," and the "Swiss Picasso." He was well known for illustrating postage stamps, activism, lithographs, and for the Swiss Red Cross. The artist's work has grown in admiration and awards include an Olympic Gold Medal for his sports artwork as well as the UN Peace Medal. In 2002 when Switzerland celebrated its entry into the United Nations, Erni was invited to decorate the Palais des Nations in Geneva. First apprenticed to an architectural draftsman, Erni studied at the Ecole des Artes Metiers in Lucerne. He lived in Paris in 1928-29 to study at the Academie Julian, and completed his studies in Berlin in the following year. His earliest work reveals the influence of Picasso and of some of the painters of the surrealist movement including Salvador Dali. Starting with his earliest works, he exhibited a very personal style. The Hans Erni Museum in his hometown of Lucerne hosts his work. This print is in excellent, fresh condition. At upper left, one can see that the sheet has sagged/slid down a bit from a backing; could stand to be re-set. See the net for much, much more on this important and highly underrated artist, the oils of whom have sold to $50,000 in the auction marketplace. Erni's death having occurred so relatively recently, it remains to be seen whether prices for his original art and prints will escalate dramatically---as they should.